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Message from the Director

Alan Barrett, Director, ESRI
Alan Barrett, Director, ESRI

The Economic and Social Research Institute is Ireland’s independent source of evidence for policy. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the ESRI website, and to thank all those who support and use our work. 

The ‘Economic Research Institute’, as it was then known, was established in 1960 by a group of senior academics and public servants, led by Dr T.K. Whitaker, who identified the need for independent research to support economic policymaking in Ireland, and persuaded the Ford Foundation to provide seed funding for its establishment. 

Since then, the Institute has endeavoured to bring together the complementary expertises of its researchers to investigate the great social and economic challenges facing Irish society, and through its evidence has been a key contributor in the political and cultural dialogue around every major policy debate since its foundation. Our latest 5-year research strategy, published in 2014, has set a course for the Institute which sees us expanding our research programme to investigate new topics such as behavioural economics, as well as broadening our existing research areas to better investigate the challenges facing a modern Ireland. 

We hope that you will find all the information you need on the website, but if not do not hesitate to get in contact with us and we will be happy to direct you to the appropriate person or information source. Please note that we are in the process of updating and redesigning our site, hence you will almost certainly find improvements and changes on every visit.

 Alan Barrett

July 2015